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Why retiring Mike Person will never get over 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Why retiring Mike Person will never get over 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Mike Person went from being a Super Bowl LIV starter for the 49ers to hanging up his cleats within a matter of months.

The offensive lineman announced on Sunday he will be retiring after nine seasons.  

For Person, he felt it was the right time, but wished things would have been different. He, of course, would have loved to leave Miami with a championship, but he explained how he believes he will never get over it. 

“It’s crazy. You make it there and you’re on top of the world,” Person told 406 MT Sports in a phone interview on Sunday. “And then you lose, especially in the fashion that we did, it is one of the most demoralizing things,” Person said. “It was tough to get over. To be honest with you, I don’t know if I am over it quite yet, or if I ever will be.”

“If you play football, that’s what you dream of, winning a Super Bowl. We were close. We just didn’t make the plays when we needed to.”

An incomplete pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth quarter of the big game in February will haunt the two for a while, but it appears Person will have the same ghosts looming.

He was released by the 49ers back in March in an “unexpected” transaction. Despite other teams showing interest in the 32-year-old, his body wasn’t quite right after sustaining multiple injuries over his career.

Person also is most importantly a father and said if he were to sign with a team, that would force him to stay away from his kids and he feels he’s already missed too much of them growing. 

Person won’t leave his NFL career empty-handed, however. He does have a Super Bowl ring during his time with the Seattle Seahawks at the beginning of his career, but he didn’t play in those postseason games. 

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A seventh-round draft pick for the 49ers in 2011, Person, in addition to his time in Seattle, had stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts.

He was a staple during the games leading up to the Super Bowl with the 49ers, helping them win the NFC Championship last season as a fill-in starter. For him to be so close with so much invested certainly proves why this loss is more personal to him. 

49ers' Arik Armstead ignores critics of speaking up on social issues

49ers' Arik Armstead ignores critics of speaking up on social issues

Arik Armstead doesn't want to hear it.

The 49ers defensive lineman spoke to Sactown Magazine for its July/August issue, and says that if you're not willing to listen to his dialogue off the field about social issues affecting our country, Armstead doesn't want you tuning in to watch him and his teammates dominate on the field.

“If you don’t want me speaking out against racism and social issues and social injustices, then don’t watch me play on Sundays," Armstead said. "Can’t have a piece of me and not all of me.”

Armstead also joined NBC Sports Bay Area's "Race In America" series a few weeks ago, and spoke about the pain he felt seeing video of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police Custody.

"Like, why do I have to continue -- why do we have to continue to see people that look like us get murdered on social media and on the TV?" Armstead told Logan Murdock and Monte Poole on  "Race In America: A Candid Conversation." " ... I'm on Instagram, and I just got to see another Black person get killed unjustly."

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The 26-year-old also discussed a time when he was racially profiled by local police near a friend's house in Elk Grove.

“A cop gets behind us, pulls us over,” Armstead recalls. “‘What y’all doing? Where y’all going?’”

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The officer then made Armstead and his friends prove that they knew the people whose house they were traveling to, by bringing the cop with them to the front door and having the friend explain that he was acquainted with Armstead.

Armstead has made it clear he won't be staying silent or "sticking to sports." For those who don't want to hear Armstead's voice on these issues, don't expect him to care whether you watch him play on Sundays.

See Joe Staley's motivational IG message for 49ers' Kendrick Bourne

See Joe Staley's motivational IG message for 49ers' Kendrick Bourne

Joe Staley long has been a model of consistency for the 49ers, spending the past 12 seasons protecting a myriad of 49ers quarterbacks as San Francisco's starting left tackle.

Staley's younger teammates held so much respect for him, as you could see from the many who spoke publicly in the wake of Staley's retirement back in April.

It appears even in retirement Staley continues to inspire his former teammates, as 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne shared an Instagram direct message from Staley on Sunday morning.

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"Never lose sight of the goal. The ring," Staley wrote to Bourne. "That's all that matters in what we do. I never got it. You. Mr KB!! Go get it!! F-----g GET IT!! Make me proud bro. I love watching your hustle. All love."

Staley was responding to a video Bourne had posted of some of the hardware he's earned over his football career, including one of the game balls from the 49ers' blowout Week 8 win over the Carolina Panthers.

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Bourne and the 49ers came so close to helping Staley capture that elusive championship ring, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun San Francisco at Super Bowl LIV.

The 49ers won the offseason in the eyes of some pundits around the league, and appear primed for another deep postseason run. It'll be up to Bourne, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the rest of the 49ers' talented roster to finish the job if they can get back to the Super Bowl.